RUGBY: Tributes paid to ex-president Stafford at D&W dinner

Dorset Echo: MEMENTO: Deputy president John Constable, right, presents retiring president John Palmer with an engraved hip flask MEMENTO: Deputy president John Constable, right, presents retiring president John Palmer with an engraved hip flask

THE Dorset & Wilts RFU management committee held their annual dinner at the Military Museum in Salisbury.

Retiring county president John Palmer thanked those assembled for their tireless work throughout the season and paid tribute to former president Noel Stafford, who sadly passed away a few months ago following a long illness.

Palmer said: “Noel was committed to the success of the Twin Counties and his unrelenting commitment to the cause will be missed.”

Stafford’s wife Deryn was present at the dinner as a guest of the committee.

Palmer also introduced Paul Langdon, who takes over as county administrator following the AGM, to the members present.

Following the dinner, deputy president John Constable presented Palmer with an engraved silver hip flask to mark his two terms of office.

Constable will take up the presidency of the union following the AGM.

Finally, Palmer presented Kim Constable with a bunch of flowers for filling the role of minutes secretary during many rugby-related management meetings.

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